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Argentine Submarine's Last Message: Short-Circuit Caused Fire

Argentine Submarine's Last Message: Short-Circuit Caused Fire

A man hangs an Argentinian flag outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 07:41 AM

An Argentine submarine's last message reported an electrical short-circuit caused by seawater had started a fire, a television channel reported on Monday.

The submarine reported that seawater had entered the ventilation system, causing a battery on the diesel-electric vessel to short-circuit and start a fire, according to the text of the message, which was reported by the A24 television channel, per Agence France-Presse.

The final contact with the ARA San Juan, which has 44 crew members on board, was on Nov. 15. Fifteen countries are involved in the search for it.

The search for the ARA San Juan extends for a 22-mile radius from an area about 250 miles off the coast of Argentina -- around the location of an explosion that may have sent the vessel to the bottom of the ocean.

"Unfortunately, we still have not located or detected the San Juan submarine," Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said on Monday in Buenos Aires.

© AFP 2018

   
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An Argentine submarine's last message reported an electrical short-circuit caused by seawater had started a fire, a television channel reported on Monday.
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